Former Gunners goalkeeper given Everton trial

Alex Manninger, Goalkeeper on trial at EvertonFormer Arsenal Goalkeeper Alex Manninger has been  given a trial at Everton FC after being released by Italian Champions Juventus at the end of last season, according to the Daily Mail.

Currently a free agent, the shot-stopping journeyman has played for clubs in the Austrian, Spanish, Italian and English top divisions in his long career, also picking up 33 international caps for Austria.

Gunners fans may remember Manninger as No.2 to David Seaman from 1997 to 2002, including a short spell in the side during 1998 where the Austrian kept six clean sheets consecutively, winning the Premier League Player of the Month award.

The 35-year-old was picked up by Juventus in 2008, serving as cover for Gianluigi Buffon over the past four seasons, following spells with Espanyol, Torino, Bologna, Sienna, Salzburg and Udinese since leaving Arsenal.

Currently, David Moyes only has two goalkeepers in his first team squad at Everton, meaning the Austrian could be appointed second or third choice keeper should his trial go well. However, he is unlikely to replace Tim Howard any time soon, who has held his place in the first XI  since his arrival at Goodison Park in 2006.